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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
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Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward
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Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward

Imagine cruising down a three-lane highway and rounding a bend to find four trucks rolling along in single-file. They are all traveling close together—perhaps too...

Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars
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Radical Roads Drive Robot Cars

Los Angeles has completed the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control system, synchronizing its 4,400 traffic lights. 

Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?
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Will We Ever… Communicate Telepathically?

In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat's tail.

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System
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China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.

Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future
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Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future

Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the U.K., and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus
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The Road to Uncovering a Wartime Colossus

The story of how the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park aided the allied code-cracking effort during World War II is becoming well known. Its claim to be a forerunner...

Self-Driving Car Given Uk Test Run at Oxford University
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Self-Driving Car Given Uk Test Run at Oxford University

Oxford University researchers have developed a self-driving car that uses lasers and small cameras, rather than GPS, to direct the vehicle along regular routes. ...

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'
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Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'

It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its...

Computer Science Part of English Baccalaureate
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Computer Science Part of English Baccalaureate

Britain is adding computer science to its English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and will count the subject as a science option toward the qualification.  A panel of technology...

Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways
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Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways

Throughout this past year, U.K. Education Secretary Michael Gove was on a campaign to replace the British schools' ICT curriculum with a computer science program...

Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language
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Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language

Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation
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North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.

Robots Ride the Ocean Blue
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Robots Ride the Ocean Blue

When superstorm Sandy was rampaging across the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic, heralded by gale force winds, torrential rain, and surging tides, people rushed to get...

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
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Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied
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Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change.
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